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Patrick John Anderson

01/15/2000 ~ 02/15/2019

Services will be held: 02/19/2019


Carolyn Prince Buffaloe

10/16/1937 ~ 02/15/2019

Services will be held: 02/20/2019


Jeanne Dupree Johnson

08/30/1934 ~ 02/16/2019

Services will be held: 02/23/2019

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Lillian Corvi Barbour

02/20/1928 ~ 02/12/2019

Services will be held: 02/16/2019

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Fred “Freddy” Allen Elliott, Jr.

03/07/1962 ~ 02/12/2019

Services will be held: 02/16/2019

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Sherry Wilson Midgette

08/07/1949 ~ 02/12/2019

Services will be held: 02/15/2019

Shirley Clinger

Shirley Lee Clinger

03/28/1946 ~ 01/25/2019

Services will be held: 02/16/2019

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Janice Norris Sais

10/30/1943 ~ 02/11/2019

Services will be held: 02/15/2019

Abel A. Russ


FEB. 3, 1930 – FEB. 27, 2012

RALEIGH – Abel A. Russ, 82, passed away Monday after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. A native of Robeson Co., he was the son of the late Neal Alexander and Pearlie Jane Russ of St. Pauls. A US Air Force veteran, he retired from Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. and Raleigh Linen Service. He was known for his kind and generous nature as well as his unwavering devotion to his faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Gracie G. Russ and a son, Gary A. Russ and sister, Katy Barnes.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday at New Bethel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Surviving: a son, William A. Russ and his wife Trena of Coats; daughters, Phyllis Cannady of Raleigh and Patricia N. Thompson and her husband David of Shelby; grandchildren, Angela Russ, Kelli Wall and husband, Julian, Casey Russ, Russ M. Thompson, Amber Blanton, Dwayne Ellis and Jerry Roberson and wife, Melissa; great-grandchildren, Caylin Wall, Lucas Abel Wall and Thomas Gail Pope; brother, William Snow Russ and Neal Cashwell Russ and wife, Nancy; sisters Mary Jane Cannady, Irene Robertson and Margaret Ward and husband, Lacy and numerous nieces and nephews, and his family at his beloved New Bethel Baptist Church.

The family will be at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner, 6:00 – 8:00 PM Wednesday.




  1. Robert Rush III

    I remember you Uncle Abel. You were always a quiet gentle giantaround me. I never heard you speak much or loudly but when you talked people listened. I never knew you were a veteran. I am sorry I never thanked you for your service. As a veteran now thank you for being someone I could look up to. Rest in peace.Rob Rush (from Killeen Texas)

  2. Joey fisher

    Uncle Abel.mountain of a man gentle as a lamb.as the lord receives you know that you can rest easy.your work on earth is done.you have blessed your family and friends with your wisdom and faith. We will miss the gentleness of your voice and touch.as we mourn we celebrate. Celebrate a life we all should strive to live. For you were a great man.a loving man.a man of our lord jesus christ.as you sit with our lord by your side looking down on us.watch over us.guide us with the light that guided you.help us be as strong as you.this is not good bye.till we meet again…..I love you uncle Abel.

  3. Kimberly Griffin MacDonald

    Uncle Abel I will forever cherish the childhood memories of being at your house visiting with you and Aunt Gracie. Our family has been blessed many years having you in our lives. Though we may mourn your loss..we also celebrate your life and a your new beginning with our heavenly father. I love you Uncle Abel

  4. Cheryl Griffin

    Uncle Able although I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with you thru the years the times that I did will always be cherished! I will miss you dearly and will see you again one day. I know you are smiling that big smile of yours sitting next to Aunt Gracie and the rest of your family. We will all reunite at the best reunion someday. I will cherish the last reunion I was able to spend with you and the picture we took together. I LOVE YOU UNCLE ABLE AND MISS YOU!! Sing praise and watch over all of us!!

  5. Greg Whitlock

    William, I started looking for you and found this. So sorry about Able. I wish I had known. Please call me 859-486-1670.

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